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This page last updated Saturday, February 8, 2020

Program Basics:

TO MAKE RESERVATIONS for programs (except for bird banding open houses), PLEASE CALL US AT (847) 428-OWLS (6957), OR EMAIL STILLMAN AT  Remember to include your name, phone number, and the number of people that will be attending.

If less than 5 - 10 people (varying with the activity) have called two days prior to a program, the program could well be cancelled. So, don't forget to call the nature center in advance. If you discover that you are unable to attend, please call to cancel your reservations. This courtesy will be greatly appreciated.

Please note that the Stillman Nature Center is also available during the week, by reservation, to school classes, Audubon chapters, garden clubs, and other organized groups.  Also, we can bring our raptors to your classroom or meeting place.  For a brochure that describes the programs and fees, just call or check our website at: and we'll be happy to send you one.

OWL Outreach Program:

Stillman's Executive Director, Mark Spreyer, has been bringing owls to school classes, garden clubs, wildlife conferences, and other groups for nearly twenty-five years. In recent years, the Stillman Nature Center has expanded its collection of permanently injured raptors. Now's the time to schedule Mark and our knowledgeable volunteers to talk to your group. The following fee schedule is for locations within twenty-five miles of Stillman. We will travel further but the fee would increase. Remember that we can't guarantee a precise number of raptors as they are permanently injured live animals which may not always be able to travel.

Fee Schedule:

One program (up to three raptors): $175.00

Two programs: $250.00 (This price assumes back-to-back scheduling.)

One program (up to five raptors): $225.00

Two programs: $300.00 (This price assumes back-to-back scheduling.)

The programs can be adjusted to suit any grade from first on up. Those of you dissecting owl pellets or studying the ecosystems of Illinois would find our presentation particularly applicable. If food chains are in the curriculum, what better way to illustrate what a predator is?

All we need is a screen or white wall and a slide projector. If you don't have a projector, just let us know and we'll bring one. If you have any questions, Mark can be reached at 847-428-OWLS (6957) or by e-mail at



Join us outside for a healthy hour-long walk around a lake, through the woods, and who knows where else? Why not add Stillman to your list of exercise options?  Come prepared to hike the trails with sturdy winter boots.

Dates:  Thursdays,  Jan 2, Feb 6, March 5, April 2

Time:   9:30 AM

Fee:     None


It’s time again for our annual New Year’s Day walk along Stillman’s trails. Over the years, we’ve seen everything from bluebirds and shrikes to the remains of coyote kills.  If you like winter, don’t like football, or just want to greet 2020 outdoors; this is the walk for you.

Date:    Wednesday, Jan. 1

Time:  10:00AM

Age:   10 years and up


Susan Allman will show you how to recognize the different types of scats and tracks made by winter’s active animals. After an indoor introduction, explore Stillman's trails for signs of rabbit, squirrel, deer and fox.  What better way to celebrate Groundhog’s Day?

Remember to call 847- 428-OWLS to make reservations.

Date:   Sunday, Feb. 2

Time:  2:00PM

Fee:    None


After an indoor program on owls, we will walk the trails in search of Stillman’s great horned and screech owls. You’ll be able to enjoy the winter landscape under the nearly full moon. Space is limited so call (847) 428-OWLS to make reservations.  Don’t forget to dress warmly.

Date:   Saturday, Feb. 8

Time:  6:30PM

Age:   8 years and up

Member’s Fee:  Free

Non-member’s Fee:  $5.00  


Learn how to identify common trees such as cherry, maple, pine, and cedar. Easy to remember tips and simple hand-outs will keep you from barking up the wrong tree!    Come prepared for the weather and bring your questions.

 Date:    Sunday, Feb. 16

 Time:   2:00PM

  Age:    10 years and up

  Fee:      None

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